Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

An epic about British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

10/10

Director: David Lean

Writer: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

1917
1917 (2019)

Two young British soldiers embark on a dangerous mission to save 1,600 men from certain doom during World War I.

9/10

Director: Sam Mendes

Writer: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Stars: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong

Dunkirk
Dunkirk (2017)

During World War II, soldiers from the British Empire, Belgium and France try to evacuate from the town of Dunkirk during an arduous battle with German forces.

8.5/10

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy

Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon (1975)

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

8.5/10

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Hardy Krüger

The Man Who Would Be King
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

8/10

Director: John Huston

Writer: John Huston, Gladys Hill

Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by...

8/10

Director: David Lean

Writer: Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson

Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

The Crying Game
The Crying Game (1992)

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

7.5/10

Director: Neil Jordan

Writer: Neil Jordan

Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson

Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.

7/10

Director: David Lean

Writer: Robert Bolt

Stars: Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard

The Trench
The Trench (1999)

On the eve of the battle of the Somme in 1916, Sgt. Telford Winter is in charge of a group of British soldiers too young and naive to realize the danger of the impending battle.

6.5/10

Director: William Boyd

Writer: William Boyd

Stars: Daniel Craig, Danny Dyer, James D'Arcy